Daily Topic for September 20, 2008

Gen. 14:18-19
"Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High and he blessed Abram, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.'"

Abraham’s relationship with Melchizedek, a Canaanite King that worshipped the Creator God, has important missiological significance. Spiritually speaking, the Bible says Melchizedek, which means “king of righteousness,” was the founder of a priestly order whose pattern both David and Jesus followed in. Though the Canaanites were beginning to turn to an idolatrous worship of the sun and moon, Melchizedek choose to stand against this and identify himself with the Creator. Abraham recognized that they were on the same team, and thus made the important decision to ally himself with this king-priest.

Pray that frontier missionaries might have the discernment to identify and build on the redemptive work God is already doing among all the peoples.

Bauri People of West Bengal

The Bauri people are Hindu priests who have been barred from the temple! They claim to be priests of the Dharam deity, but Brahmins have forced them to the lowest ranks of the Hindu hierarchy. Now they are Dalits and are not allowed to even enter some temples. However, they still perform priestly duties during the Dharam deity festival. The Bauris practice Animistic rituals as well as Hindu ones.

Very few Bauri people own land. They lack an adequate diet, and the water available to them is poor. They have little health care or education. They are small in stature, but perform manual labor, pulling rickshaws or sharecropping. Some bear palanquins (a conveyance consisting of a chair or bed carried on two poles). They live in poverty, and most are illiterate. Thus, they have little human hope for improving their lifestyle.

As far as we know, no mission agencies work among the Bauri. Many people won’t even accept water from their hands, yet the all-sufficient Creator stands ready to receive them as His children and give them living water! The Bauri people remain unaware that spiritual riches are only a prayer away.

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Pray for evangelistic tools that can effectively reach this oral culture. Ask God to loose the Bauri people from the spiritual principalities that hold them captive. Pray that God will raise up an army of Christians who will pray for the Bauris’ needs and share Christ with them.-AK

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